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Philippines Begins Development of Disaster Recovery Facility


July 8, 2016


PDC Deputy Executive Director Chris Chiesa traveled to the Philippines to participate in the PDRF EOC Kickoff with a briefing and question-and-answer session. 

Located in the western Pacific, along the Ring of Fire, the Philippines are frequently threatened by natural hazards, such as violent tropical cyclones, earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. Advancing public-private partnership to strengthen overall resilience, stakeholders in the Philippines are taking new steps to reduce urban disaster risk, particularly in Metro Manila.

On February 17, a kickoff luncheon was held for the development of a Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which is intended to assist PDRF member organizations and the Government of the Philippines to restore services and reduce disruptions following a major disaster. The kickoff event signifies the beginning of a five year public-private project between a team of disaster management professionals (EMI and its partners, including PDC) and PDRF, a foundation backed by the country’s largest conglomerates, industry movers and top corporate leaders. PDRF members include Shell Oil, Coca Cola, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT)/SMART Communications, Ayala Corporation, and many more privately held entities eager to advance disaster resilience in the Philippines.

ABS-CBN News Channel report on “How companies help make PH [the Philippines] disaster-resilient” (video), February 17, 2016.

The kickoff was attended by nearly 80 representatives of Philippine Government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGO), media, and PDRF member companies. PDC, managed by the University of Hawaii, is a long-term partner of EMI and other project stakeholders in the Philippines including the Office of Civil Defense, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), and Manila Observatory. The Center will be responsible for customization and deployment of a DisasterAWARE-based solution, and associated training and technical support. PDC will also provide support for the development and documentation of a concept of operations (CONOPS) and standard operating procedures (SOP).

This deployment will add another DisasterAWARE-based system within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, joining custom versions already deployed in Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, and at the AHA Centre. Even though this system will provide vital support to the Government of the Philippines, this is the Center’s first private sector deployment. As currently scheduled, the new system will be deployed in a newly constructed Disaster Operation Center (DOC) in Clark, Philippines, in early 2017.

For more information:

• Read this event article by The Philippine Star

• Find information about past multi-hazard urban risk assessment for Marikina City, PI

• Find examples of PDC Situational Awareness products for Tropical Cyclones Melor (Nona) and Haiyan (Yolanda)

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Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) envisions a safer, more secure world—where populations live in more disaster-resilient communities informed by science and technology, and equipped with sound decision support tools. To help make that vision a reality, PDC is dedicated to supporting evidence-based disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts by providing actionable information and applications to the public and disaster managers worldwide. PDC, a program managed by the University of Hawaii, was established by the U.S. government in 1996.